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New £3bn British warship ‘stalled off the Isle of Wight due to propeller shaft not being properly lubricated’: Defense chief detonates ’embarrassing’ blunder that could cause HMS Prince of Wales’ historic US mission to be CANCELLED as it undergoes repairs
- Britain’s new £3bn warship ‘broke up off Isle of Wight because shaft wasn’t properly greased’
- Defense sources warn damage to HMS Prince of Wales could be ‘significant’
- Ex-First Sea Lord called the incident ‘shameful’ and said ‘someone needs to slap the wrist’
- Warship’s ‘landmark mission’ to US may have to be canceled due to blunder
Britain’s new £3bn warship may have sunk to half of the Isle of Wight because its propeller shaft was not properly greased – in a humiliating incident that could ’embarrass’ Britain on the world stage and even become a ‘landmark’ mission’ could force the US to be canceled.
The HMS Prince of Wales broke down on Saturday – less than hours after it left for training exercises with the US Navy and the Marine Corps and the Royal Canadian Navy.
Naval sources who inspected the 65,000-ton NATO flagship have now indicated that the propeller shaft may have been damaged due to lack of lubrication. Any overheating to this point due to friction could have damaged the metal shaft, sources added.
It is thought that a period in dry dock – likely in Rosyth, Scotland – will be needed to get a good look at the area and make repairs. However, a better understanding of the problem is not expected before the end of the week.
A senior defense source told The Telegraph that any “significant damage to the starboard shaft” would be a “major problem to resolve”.
Former First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West warned that the timing of the issue – amid mounting fears that Putin’s barbaric war in Ukraine could turn into a world war – was “extremely unfortunate” and a “humiliation” for Britain.
HMS Prince of Wales is moved to Stokes Bay near Gosport in Hampshire after breakdown at the Isle of Wight
Engineers inspect aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales off the coast of Gosport, Hampshire
Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales lies off the coast of Gosport, Hampshire
HMS Prince of Wales: The Figures Behind the Navy’s Latest Aircraft Carrier
Cost: £3.3 billion. Originally £3bn, various breakdowns and repairs drove up costs.
Crew: 1600 when fully functional.
Dimensions: Over 900 feet long and 230 feet wide, with four-acre decks the size of three football fields.
Speed: Top speed of 28 mph. Able to travel 500 miles a day.
Fighter Jets: Capacity for 36 F35-B Lightning II fighter jets. The jets can be lifted from the below-deck hangar to the deck in just 60 seconds.
Weapons: Weapon system capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute.
radars: Long-range radars can track up to 1,000 air targets at a range of up to 250 nautical miles.
Type 997 Artisan 3D medium range radars can track a ball-sized target from a distance of 12 miles.
He added: “You’d think if they were doing trials they might have seen it. If it’s not an inherent design flaw, it can be fixed quickly — and if it is, someone needs to be slapped on the wrist.”
On Tuesday, engineers were seen at the stern of the ship to conduct inspections to assess the severity of the problem.
If it cannot be handled in open water, the carrier may need to return to Rosyth in Scotland to have the shaft repaired in dry dock.
Rear Admiral Steve Moorhouse, director of Force Generation, which is responsible for ensuring the Royal Navy’s ships are ready for deployment, has said the Prince of Wales may not be able to complete his mission to the US, where he would fly tests. undergone with the F-35B Lightning Rays.
He said in a video statement: “After the initial assessment, it is likely that the outage will require repairs that could affect the ship’s program.
“We responded quickly to the emerging defect and are working closely with industry partners to resolve it as quickly as possible.
“Rest assured, the Royal Navy continues to fulfill its obligations to conduct operations and keep the UK, our partners and allies safe.”
The carrier had received a colorful farewell as it departed on Saturday afternoon, passing thousands of music lovers at the Victorious Festival on Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Pop favorites Sugababes were in the middle of their set as the giant ship sailed by with the crew past the cockpit to get a view of the festival.
The NATO flagship sailed for training exercises with the US Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and US Marine Corps.
The program would include exercises with the F-35B Lightning jets.
The carrier had a colorful farewell as it left on Saturday afternoon, passing thousands of music lovers at the Victorious Festival on Southsea Common in Portsmouth
An image shows how the Queen Elizabeth class of carriers – which includes two ships; the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – can produce 500 tons of freshwater daily from seawater
Pictured: The Queen Elizabeth class with HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales
A Royal Navy spokesman said on Saturday: “HMS Prince of Wales will cross the Atlantic with her task force ready to push the boundaries of unmanned technology and the tactics used by Britain’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class airlines.” .
Along with notable port stops in New York, Halifax in Canada and the Caribbean, the Prince of Wales Task Force will work closely with U.S. allies over the next three months, using F-35B jets and unmanned systems to support the Royal Navy. aviation of the future.
With the flagship of the fleet, HMS Queen Elizabeth, also due to be deployed to the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas this autumn at the heart of a powerful Royal Navy task force, this means that both British aircraft carriers will deploy F-35B jets. use that are thousands of miles apart.’